Chopped Kale Salad

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You’ve heard all the hype about kale, and the truth is, it’s not just hype.
Kale is a superfood, rich in antioxidants and vitamins and high in fiber.

Truth be told though, I am not a huge fan of kale on it’s own, so I’m always concocting recipes that combine kale with other yummy items, like bacon!

In this super easy salad recipe, kale is balanced with apple, bacon and a citrus dressing for a tasty and healthy side.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup kale, chopped
1/2 apple, chopped
2 strips of bacon, cut into dime size pieces
Juice of 1/4 orange
1 tablespoon olive oil

RECIPE

Place the chopped kale, apple and bacon in a mixing bowl that has a lid.
Add the freshly squeezed orange juice and olive oil.
Close the lid of the bowl and shake until the salad is well tossed.
Plate and serve.

It’s equally tasty and healthy as it is simple.

Enjoy!

Camilla

@camillacarboni | camillacarboni.com

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Cucumber Dressing

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Salad dressings are something we’re asked about a lot. It really is a challenge to find ones free of vegetable oils and soy.

There is one store-bought brand I highly recommend, and which I keep on hand in those times of emergency where home-made dressings aren’t a viable option. That brand is Tessemae’s and their dressings are free of all those naughty ingredients that other brands like to sneak in.

That said, when time is available, there is something lovely about making dressing from scratch. I particularly love my Citrus Salad Dressing for summer salads, and this Cucumber Dressing works wonders to liven up a fish dish in the winter.

Plus, cucumber is actually incredibly healthy.

Despite popular belief that it consists of nothing but water, cucumbers contain numerous nutrients, including a number of B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese and potassium. To learn more about the health benefits of cucumbers, Dr. Mercola has an excellent article titled, 9 Health Benefits of Cucumbers.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup chopped cucumber
1/4 cup coconut milk
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon honey/raw agave nectar
1 teaspoon olive oil

RECIPE

Simply place all the ingredients into a food processor and pulse until smooth.
Serve over salad, fish or grilled chicken.

Enjoy!

Camilla Carboni

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Natural Summer Skin Treatments

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As wonderful as summer is, the beating rays can cause damage to exposed skin. Luckily, there are some natural ingredients that are most likely already in your kitchen which can help to prevent and to heal sunned skin.

http://nutritionfacts.org/2013/07/30/is-coconut-oil-good-for-you/ Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is as beneficial to your skin as it is to your cells. Unlike most store sold moisturizer, coconut oil is fat based and petroleum free. Most moisturizers are water based, leaving your skin dry after the water dries, and have many artificial ingredients (and in some cases perfumes) for commercial benefit.

The natural oil content found in coconut oil makes it a wonder-drug for naturally preventing dry skin and for nourishing hair follicles. Just buy organic, extra-virgin coconut oil–that way you know it’s free of GMOs, bleach and perfumes.

Apply coconut oil to your hands, feet or any other dry areas and use it as a deep conditioning hair mask, allowing the oil to penetrate for 10-20 minutes before rinsing thoroughly (from personal experience I don’t recommend using it as a leave-in conditioner as it can leave your hair looking oily).

The natural fat content of coconut oil leaves skin moist and smooth and hair shiny and hydrated; what’s more, it has anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.

http://www.aromaoilstore.com/avocado-oil.html Avocados and Avocado Oil

Like the coconut, avocados are an excellent source of natural fat. They also contain various essential oils and vitamins, such as vitamin E, that your skin can benefit from.

The vitamin E content makes avocado perfect as a dry skin solution, while the humectants found in the peel provide additional moisture.

The oily contents also make for a hydrating scalp treatment and a natural oil-bath.

http://gyaandarpan.com/tag/olive-oil-massage/ Olive Oil

Last but not least, olive oil is not only great on summer salads, it’s rich in fatty acids, making it great for the skin as well.

A completely natural exfoliant can be made by mixing equal parts salt and olive oil.

Olive oil has also been popularized as a natural shaving cream alternative that helps prevent summer skin rashes, and as an excellent way to clean BBQ grease off your hands!

That’s more than you bargained for out of your Paleo kitchen oils, I’m sure. Now that’s making the most of summer!

Camilla Carboni

@camillacarboni | camillacarboni.com